Pathfinders: high posts from April 2018

Bran Castle, Brasov, Romania. A medieval fortress associated with Dracula that stands isolated at the border between Wallachia and Transylvania © Emi Cristea / Shutterstock This month’s spherical up features a misadventure in Transylvania that ends at Bran Fort © Emi Cristea / Shutterstock

As temperatures heated up for giant swathes of the world in April our Pathfinders launched into a cross part of adventures sure to stoke curiosity; from wanderings by means of ghost cities to misadventures in Transylvania, not forgetting a rendezvous with two outstanding ladies decided to convey vegetarian delicacies to La Paz.

Although it was a tricky process to slim down our favourites, right here’s our decide of weblog posts from our Pathfinders group in April.

Belgium’s decaying ghost city taken over by road artwork – Marlo and Kristof

A mysterious ghost city turned big artwork canvas? Contemplate our curiosity piqued. Whereas managing to mix two widespread journey tendencies – so-called ‘ruinporn’ and road artwork – Marlo and Kristof’s put up concerning the derelict city of Doel manages to elicit a surprisingly humanitarian story from the putting imagery of deserted, mural-clad buildings, giving the put up a depth that enhances its attention-grabbing title.

Marlo and Kristof’s inspirational weblog is aimed toward those that solely journey for brief durations. Discover out extra at

Picture diary: individuals in Rajasthan – Dave McClane

Regardless of boasting awe-inspiring monuments, distinctive wildlife and scenic landscapes, anybody who has frolicked in India will realize it’s the people who depart the largest impression, and Dave’s put up performs on this theme, capturing a number of vibrant characters from Rajasthan. Depicting every little thing from bearded dervishes to sunglass-sporting youngsters sat atop oxen, the put up manages to seize the vibrancy and color of India in a approach that conventional panorama images may by no means muster.

Dave is a 30-something Yorkshireman on a quest to see – and {photograph} – as a lot of the world as doable. See extra of his work at

Misplaced in Transylvania – Justin Greak

Journey is extra enjoyable when it goes incorrect, proper? Or at the very least enjoyable for different individuals to examine. On this put up Justin particulars his misadventures in Romania, that start with a incorrect practice and finish at Dracula’s citadel – although that isn’t fairly as ominous because it sounds. Quick-paced prose and snappy dialogue mix to make this an entertaining and relatable account of that horrible feeling when issues begin to go a bit pear-shaped on the street. Don’t fear Justin, it occurs to the very best of us.

When he’s not travelling the world, Justin is a fifth grade maths and science trainer. Observe his weblog at

Why two single-parents opened Baja California’s first veggie road meals stand – Jess Vincent

Journey is about assembly actual characters, and Jess’s interview with two ladies taking over the meat-adoring plenty of Mexico by establishing La Paz’s first vegetarian meals stand, makes for a beautiful learn on many alternative ranges. Whereas the story of Luz and Alexa’s pioneering vegetarian enterprise is intriguing in its personal proper, extra broadly it is a put up concerning the common struggles and penalties confronted by anybody making an attempt to vary the established order.

Jess left her graduate job within the metropolis to pursue her love of journey writing. Sustain together with her adventures at

The tiniest teahouse in Tehran – Pontia Fallahi

All of us wish to discover these genuine little locations once we journey – family-run eating places, conventional bars, welcoming homestays. Pontia’s put up is an echo of this collective endeavour, as she goes searching for Tehran’s tiniest, and maybe finest, tea home. The put up’s ‘quest’ format, interspersed with entertaining dialogue from locals, makes for compelling and fulfilling studying; in any case, who isn’t just a little explicit with regards to making ready their morning brew?

Pontia’s weblog is devoted to the nation of Iran, delving into its tradition, language and websites. Discover out extra at


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